HC Deb 14 June 1973 vol 857 cc343-4W
28. Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used in deciding the correct establishment for the Metropolitan Police.

Mr. R. Carr

The nature, extent and population of the Metropolitan Police

As at 31st December: 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
Police 18,480 18,414 18,680 19,192 19,996 20,458 20,682 21,057 21,354 21,304
Traffic wardens 429 425 463 702 1,257 1,221 1,394 1,585 1,966 2,055
Other civilians 5,488 5,706 6,063 6,480 7,224 6,092* 8,481 9,026 9,755 10,274
Number of cars 972 946 973 1,037 1,187 1,613 1,651 1,748 1,871 2,021
Total all vehicles (including vans and motorcycles) 2,328 2,588 2,639 2,883 2,913 3,071 3,173 3,266 3,262 3,254
Number of personal radios 23 120 370 2,394 4,920 5,922 6,472 6,472† 6,513
Number of mobilefone radios 886 1,045 1,237 1,557 1,784 2,065 2,457 2,808 2,816† 2,856
* Figures for 1968 and earlier were calculated on a different basis from and are not strictly comparable with those for later years.
† These represent increases of 472 and 474 respectively over figures given in answer to a Question by the hon. Member on 27th July 1972 [Vol. 841, c. 361–2.] The increases relate to sets issued to users outside the main divisional personal radio network, experimental sets and force radio sets fitted to motor cycles which were previously not included.

District; the incidence of crime; the density of traffic; and the special problems that arise from London's position as the capital

37. Mr. Fletcher-Cooke

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has considered the first annual report of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police; and if he will make a statement, with particular reference to the manpower shortage.

Mr. R. Carr

I have studied the Commissioner's report very carefully. It demonstrates once again how indebted we must all feel to the Metropolitan Police for the way in which they carry out their difficult duties. On manpower, I have nothing to add to statements I have already made today in reply to other Questions.

Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT as much detailed information as may be readily available, giving for as long a period as possible information affecting the rise and fall in the strength of the Metropolitan Police force, and stating at each date the number of extra aids such as cars, vehicles in general, two-way radios and other electronic aids assisting in the reduction of manpower, and the numbers of traffic wardens and pedestrian crossing patrolmen employed to release policemen from traffic control for other purposes.

Mr. Carlisle

Precise figures for electronic aids are not readily available. Otherwise, following is the information: